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Monday, December 10, 2012

Lord of the Rings: Star Wars of My Generation.

Many films have been named the "Star Wars of Its Generation", and while Star Wars is my favorite franchise, the best of Star Wars was well before my time. However, Lord of the Rings is the definitive "Star Wars of My Generation". It was my "Must See" film and still remains the best film that I have ever seen in theaters and one of the main reasons that I started an interest in movies. Although the Star Wars prequels were around the same time, The Lord of the Rings was far superior, at least until Revenge of the Sith. Lord of the Rings brought back the classic Star Wars trilogy like format and legitimized fantasy as a serious genre for the first time. With The Return of the King, Peter Jackson not only managed to make the first fantasy film to win an Oscar for Best Picture, it tied records for most wins and notations. It proved that an action, special effects, fantasy movie that set box office records could win an Oscar, no small feat considering the ridiculous choices often made by the Academy. While The Lord of the Rings has yet to match or even reach the main stream popularity of Star Wars, no film or films of the 21st Century are a match for The Lord of the Rings. Other film such as The Avengers, Harry Potter and The Matrix, have been named the Star Wars of their respective generations with good reason but no franchise has ever truly reached the heights that Star Wars achieved in 1977 and it may never happen again. Hopefully The Hobbit will be the "Star Wars of This Generation". What do you consider the “Star Wars of Your Generation”? Please comment below.
 

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9 comments:

  1. Mmm. That's hard. I was born in the early 90's, and was just about five or six when I watched the Original Star Wars Trilogy... though I was eight when The Phantom Menace was released, and fourteen when the Prequel Trilogy ended. I can say I grew up with those films.
    But then, I got to read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit... when I was around eight or nine, and the films ended up when I was twelve. So I also did grow up with Tolkien's world.
    I could say both of them are "the Star Wars of my generation"; it's been about 15 years since I first saw A New Hope and still get to get excited as if I hadn't seen the film before. I guess you get the feeling :P

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  2. Quite honestly, I think the Lord of the Rings completely surpasses Star Wars. Funny enough, I just got done rewatching all of the extended edition blu-rays and the series as a whole is so much more than a movie trilogy.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars, but I think that The Lord of the Rings is so perfectly crafted (and holds up well after 10 years already!) that in 20 years we are going to be referring to movies as the "Lord of the Rings" of our generation.

    Also, sidenote, Harry Potter should be included in this discussion. Despite a couple mediocre films, it displayed a world that was every bit as creative as Star Wars, and it had a near-perfect finale.

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  3. I would say in general for my generation, I would easily say Harry Potter is the Star Wars of my generation (twenty years old and younger) which I think is a little sad.

    And I REALLY need to see Lord of the Rings.

    Star Wars is amazing. 'Nuff said.

    ~Jamie

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  4. @Tahl Jinn: I was born around the same time as well and the Prequels and LOTR was the "Star Wars of My Generation". I completely agree about A New Hope, I have seen it 50 times and I still love watching it. :)

    @Jordan: Although the original Star Wars trilogy will always be my favorite three movies, I can't disagree about LOTR being the best. Also I agree the extended edition are amazing, my favorite Blu-Rays. But there does not seem to be as many LOTR fans as there should be because too many people think the movies are "Too Slow and "Long", which really makes me mad.
    I agree about Potter, and I thought I mentioned it in the post. Well, I did in my earlier draft, I fixed that now, thanks. But I can't completely agree that it was as creative but still an awesome series.

    @Jamie: Well, I was more asking what was your (the reader) "Star Wars of Your Generation" but thanks for commenting. :) And yes you must! Please watch it!

    -James

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  5. I think the LotR Trilogy is the definitive trilogy of my generation. I love the old Star Wars movies, but I wasn't there for their theatrical release.

    LotR on the other hand, I was there for the midnight screening. I love the books and was waiting for my entire childhood for news of the movies. It was an exciting time.

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  6. I totally agree. They're in the same league. Both are amazing. But I do think it is the Star Wars of our generation. At least there can't really be any sickening prequels.

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  7. Interesting post. I definitely think that LOTR was a great series, and achieved things that few other films have in recent years. They are some of my all-time favorite films.

    But for the Star Wars of my generation, I would probably have to say Harry Potter. I really love the films, and though I love watching LOTR too, I think I ended up getting more into Harry because of its familiarity to our world. I love the otherworldly feel of LOTR, but at the time that it came out, I wasn't quite as into fantasy on the epic scale.

    I'm looking forward to the Hobbit though! That was one of the best books I read growing up. :)

    Alexandra~

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  8. @Banon: I knew nothing about LOTR until I watched the films. Thanks for telling me that, Adsense isn't working for me.

    @The Sith Photographer: Glad you agree.

    @Alexandra Lanc: Thank you for your opinion, Harry Potter definitely made a large influnce in culture with its popularity. :)

    -James

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